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Four short links: 8 October 2013

In order, Blue Nile, Las Vegas, food processor

Theres a .00006% Chance of Building a Billion Dollar Company: How This Man Did I ... -- For those who dare to be disruptive, he has some advice: When you look at the markets in the world today, you can probably break it apart market-by-market and say, Heres something fundamentally flawed with the way businesses in this market are operating. Ask yourself, what are they doing wrong? If information was once the grist for ideas, over the last decade it has become competition for them we have started to prefer knowing things over thinking because knowing has more immediate value, Friedberg says. Once you have this premise once youve found the right thing to do the strategy is to first know what you dont know, the tactic is to grind, and the value is to remember: there are plenty of places to innovate.

Flash Sales Site For Moms, Zulily Files For $100M IPO | TechCrunch -- Zulily, a private-sale shopping site targeted at busy moms and their kids, has filed its S-1, aiming to raise as much as $100 million in an IPO (this is a placeholder amount and could change). For 2012 and the six months ended June 30, 2013, Zulily reported a net loss of $10.3 million and $2.4 million in net income, which the company says was an improvement from net losses of $11.3 million and $6.2 million in 2011 and the six months ended July 1, 2012, respectively. From June 2012 to June 2013, 82.9 percent of the companys U.S. orders were placed by customers who had previously purchased from Zulily, up from 79.1 percent during the 12 months ended July 1, 2012.

The Changing Face Of Business In Las Vegas - Forbes -- Much has been made of the Downtown Project, Tony Hsiehs heavily publicized venture in downtown Las Vegas. Hes moving Zappos headquarters into the old City Hall building, and piled $350 million of his own money into turning once-seedy Downtown Las Vegas into a business, cultural and lifestyle mecca.

mariobatalivoice: Toast, That's My Jam Right There. Plus Nuts. -- A rare few things in life are properly rated. I think maybe I walked by a big bin of chestnuts and thought, "fuck me, chestnuts." I'll admit to knowing next to nothing about chestnuts, except that cooking them would make them soft enough to puree, and chestnut puree is a classic element in Italian and French cooking, so I asked google for methods. Before long I had an attractive plate of toast with savory toppings, all anchored in a mortar bed of chestnut puree.

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